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Boko Haram Child Captives Can't Remember Names

03-11-2015
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Aid workers in Africa are concerned about the rehabilitation of a group of 80 children who were held in captivity by the Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram.

In November, security forces rescued the children, ranging in ages from 5 to 18, from a Boko Haram camp in northern Cameroon.

Christopher Fomunyoh, a director for the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute, recently visited an orphanage where the children are receiving care. He found many of them had lost track of who they were.

Fomunyoh told the BBC that the children spent so long with their captors being indoctrinated in jihadist idealogy that they were unable to remember their names or recall their hometowns.

Meanwhile, authorities in Nigeria believe a suicide bombing on Tuesday may be linked to Boko Haram.

Thirty-four people died after a teenage girl suicide bomber detonated an explosive in a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. No group is immediately claiming responsibility, but experts believe it bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

On Saturday, suicide bombers killed 54 people in the same market in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram is waging an insurgency to impose Muslim Sharia law in Nigeria. The terrorist group has recently extended its campaign into Cameroon.

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